Daniel Redwood

 

 

 

With Songs for Animals, People and the Earth, vegan singer-songwriter Daniel Redwood continues to write and sing songs for causes he believes in. Daniel explains, “Through these songs, I want to share my experience of the profound beauty, sensitivity, intelligence and friendliness of animals, especially the farm animals people use for food and clothing. I’ve created this music because I want to do everything I can to make this world a kinder, more compassionate home for animals.”

 

Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan, calls Daniel “the troubadour of the animal rights movement” and Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary says, “The peace movement has Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger; the animal rights movement has Daniel Redwood, whose songs of justice for animals are deeply moving and inspiring.”

 

Daniel and his wife Beth became vegan nearly a decade ago after spending time with Dr. Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, and seeing the film Peaceable Kingdom, which includes footage taken inside slaughterhouses and at sanctuaries where rescued animals are able to live their lives in peace and dignity. In what he describes as “my education in truth and compassion,” he has since visited many sanctuaries including Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary (Poolesville, MD), United Poultry Concerns (Machipongo, VA), Farm Sanctuary (Orland, CA) and Peaceful Prairie Animal Sanctuary (Deer Trail, CO).


 


 

Daniel grew up in a musical family. His first guitar was a surprise present from his parents on his 15th birthday and he’s been playing and singing ever since. Within a few years, he began writing songs, inspired by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary. Songwriting has always been a way for him to speak from the heart and support movements for justice.

 

During his college years in Buffalo, Daniel sang and played guitar with the South Happiness Street Society Skiffle Band, which toured upper New York State and Southern Canada. He then moved to California, where he sang and wrote songs for the peace and farmworker movements. He worked as a volunteer with César Chávez and the United Farmworkers Union, and was sent by César on a coast-to-coast singing tour, performing at rallies, churches, synagogues, union halls, folk festivals, on radio and TV, and at house concerts in countless living rooms. Some of Daniel’s fondest memories from that era involve his singing to crowds before speeches by César, David Harris and other leaders of movements for justice and social change. 

 

Daniel recorded a benefit record for the United Farmworkers Union, with original songs that combined English and Spanish. One of these songs, La Lucha Continuará (The Struggle Goes On) was recorded by Spanish-speaking singers the United States and Chile, and was later selected by the Smithsonian Institution for inclusion in its Grammy-nominated 5-CD collection, The Best of Broadside: Anthems of the American Underground, alongside songs by Dylan, Seeger, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton and other leading lights of the folk revival.

 

In 2006, Daniel recorded Pass the Music On, with songs of love and family, friendship and community, and the ongoing quest for liberty and justice. His most recent album is Songs for Animals, People and the Earth.